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Prospect Researcher (71101)

Pratt Institute
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 11, 2023

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Prospect Researcher (71101)

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Of course you're ambitious, want something else in your next career step, and believe in the power of philanthropy. You're looking for new energy from your colleagues, and a true dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your own work and workplace culture. If you are interested in serving as the Prospect Researcher and have 2 years of experience conducting reactive research and performing data maintenance, we at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, would like to hear from you.

With a 135-year history of welcoming people for who and what they are, Pratt's world-class higher education in the arts, design, architecture, and information boasts 60,000 alumni and 4,800 current students who are creating and beautifying around and for the planet. Come be a part of Pratt's next chapter as we launch into a comprehensive campaign, with you as a valued and critical part of our Pratt Institutional Advancement Team.

Key Essential Duties include the following:

  • Qualify prospects for assignment to major gift officer portfolios, evaluating philanthropic potential and affinity to give to Pratt.

  • Prepare detailed research briefings for the purpose of donor cultivation and solicitation efforts.

  • Manage news alerts on Pratt alumni, major donors and high-level prospects, and stay up to date on financial and philanthropic giving trends.

  • Encourage a donor-centric approach by communicating across the Institutional Advancement department to share information, strategies and ideas.

  • Mine data, create reports and queries for fundraiser use and prospecting.

  • Maintain confidential research files on donors and prospects, and provide support to the Prospect Management and Research team as needed.

  • Perform data entry to ensure that new and updated research is integrated into the fundraising software.

  • Train new Institutional Advancement staff on the use of Raiser's Edge for moves management, establish best practices for data integrity, and update procedural documents on an ongoing basis.

  • Assist with special projects as needed.

Salary Range: $60,000 - $62,600 + Generous Benefits

Education: Bachelor’s degree required.

Experience: Minimum of two years of fundraising experience in prospect research or a related field (competitive/business intelligence, data analytics, market research or library science), preferably in higher education.

Required Skills:

  • Strong attention to detail and excellent writing skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to break down complex problems through research techniques, data literacy and analytical skills.

  • Natural curiosity about data, and the ability to synthesize large amounts of data from various sources and present information in a clear and concise manner.

  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Outstanding time-management and organizational skills, ability to complete priority projects under deadlines and comfortable with a diverse array of projects.

  • Strong interpersonal skills; capable of working independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

  • Experience with relational databases, Raiser’s Edge preferred.

  • Fluency with Microsoft Office and/or Google G Suite Business Solutions.

  • Interest in new technologies and tools for research.

  • Understanding of the important role of diversity, equity, and inclusion to institutional advancement.

  • Commitment to working in and promoting a culture of inclusion.

  • Appreciation for the important role that higher education plays in the world.

  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and use professional judgment and discretion in handling sensitive issues.

  • Knowledge of prospect research and current trends in nonprofit fundraising.

Application Instructions:
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We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, marital or domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, age, disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pratt Institute recognizes and values the benefits of a diverse workforce.


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